Motorola DROID Bionic Official Specs Show Up, Then Vanish

August 2, 2011
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After news of Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha’s confirmation of a September release date for the Motorola DROID Bionic, we also now have official confirmation (sort of) of the Motorola DROID Bionic’s final specs. And, depending on how you look at it, the specs may or may not make the DROID Bionic a device worth holding out for after nearly 8 months of waiting.

The spec details were posted just recently on the Motorola Developer Network site. At the time I started writing this story, the spec details were still available, but for some mysterious reason, they have been pulled off from the Motorola site.

One of the observations that sprung up when I first saw the list of specs was that the DROID Bionic seems to be similarly spec’d to the Motorola DROID 3, but minus the physical keyboard, twice the RAM, and half the DROID 3’s maximum camera zoom factor. The Motorola DROID 3 only has 512 MB of RAM, while the DROID Bionic has 1 GB. As for camera zoom, the DROID 3 seems to be more capable with 8x zooming compared to the DROID Bionic’s 4x zooming. The DROID 3 also has a slide-out full QWERTY keyboard, which the DROID Bionic doesn’t.

Previous rumors pegged the DROID Bionic’s front-facing camera to be 2-megapixel strong, but it seems that those were just plain rumors. The newly posted spec sheet shows a VGA-quality, 0.3-megapixel secondary camera on the DROID Bionic.

The DROID 3 also seems to support more and recent multimedia formats (Android core media formats, H.264, MPEG-4, WMA 10, and WMV 9). The DROID Bionic’s spec sheet says it only supports Android core media formats, WMA 9, and WMV 9.

According to the spec sheet, the Motorola DROID Bionic will be carrying a Texas Instruments OMAP4430-1000 processor with clock speed of 1.0 GHz. The same processor spec exists on the Motorola DROID 3.

The DROID Bionic’s screen size is 4.3 inches, with a qHD (960×450) display resolution. The DROID 3 and Photon 4G have the same display resolution, but we figure that the DROID 3 will have a better display at that same resolution because of its smaller screen size (4 inches).

Although the item has disappeared from the Motorola Developer Network site, we were able get a screenshot:

Source: http://developer.motorola.com/products/compare/?items=18644,18753

The Motorola Developer Network site listed the DROID Bionic’s model number as XT865, which some developers noted to be the old DROID Bionic model number. The rumored “newer” model number of the post-CES, allegedly much improved reincarnation of the Motorola DROID Bionic announced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2011 is XT875, which had been floating around the Web under the codename “Targa.” The spec for the front-facing camera (0.3 MP, VGA), along with the model number, have led some developers to wonder whether the newly posted specs were up to date.

The question that is bugging me right now is this: why post those specs and then remove them after a few hours?

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